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Flight: LTG-2013-0605-1 in N12556 (Penny) for $
KSSI - KSSI (flying time 0:48)
Another right-seat day with stalls and approaches
From KSSI (Malcolm McKinnon Airport) 2013-06-05 11:26:02 to KSSI (Malcolm McKinnon Airport) 2013-06-05 12:33:54 [00:48:00] with 1 day and 0 night landings.
Laura Thorburn-Gundlach (pilot-R) / David Thorburn-Gundlach (PIC-legal) /
Off we go again for another lovely workout. I forgot to have Laura fly the takeoff, but as soon as we were up I handed over the plane and it was time for practice. Off she went through slow flight and then stalls, all of which of course went well. As an added bonus, we had a sightseer in the neighborhood back and forth below us, which was some fun distraction for her and better than anything I could have thrown her.
Then it was time to head south to the VOR again to, this time, fly the Brunswick approach. More foggle time!
After turning around the VOR, she picked up the radial and headed northwest to pick up the localizer. Interestingly, however, maybe half way along she picked up something that looked a darned sight like it but was way too early! After flying it a bit and trying to make the holding pattern work, I noted that we were nothing like in line and that we needed to go farther -- but I can't for the life of me figure out how someone really flying the localizer approach by radio only could know that. Weird...
Anyway, eventually we made it to the localizer and, hey, flew a nice pattern while receiving a strong signal. Go figure :-) Then it was a stright-in approach down the wire until she broke off for a miss and we headed back to McKinnon.
I got to do one more landing, and since it was straight in I decided to see how a glide would go. I probably would have been awesome, but like an idiot I put flaps in too early and had to fly it in. I got a nice milking out of my approach, though, holding off the touchdown until the blocks and at least putting it where I had planned -- but it was a good reminder to not get rid of any energy until the field is absolutely made!
Meanwhile, Laura is definitely comfortable from the right seat now; next time I'm going to give the plane to her and, I expect, just be copilot along for the ride :-)